South American qualifying

Argentina's improvement delights Messi

January 16, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent
Lionel Messi says the progress made by Argentina's national side, which included a surge to the top of their World Cup qualifying group and the hat-trick he scored against Brazil, was his highlight of 2012.

After stumbling in recent years under previous coaches Diego Maradona and Sergio Batista, Alejandro Sabella's rejigged Argentina side made significant steps forward over the last 12 months and also defeated Germany in a friendly game.

The Barcelona attacker, 25, told FIFA.com ...

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